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The emphasis years ago on a pedicure was to tidy up the feet, get rid of hard dry skin, moisturise and pretty the nails with a dash of colour. These elements still count but, increasingly, a pedicure is all about having time to relax and unwind - it's a pampering experience. There are six, simple steps to a pedicure to give you those desirable feet. Firstly, the feet are soaked in a foot spa using a foot soak which will soften the skin but refresh it too. The second step is to apply an exfoliating foot scrub. This will loosen and slough away dry skin while increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the feet. Extra care is taken on hard skin areas. Do not confuse a pedicure with a visit to the chiropodist, who will remove corns and suchlike. This is a different treatment altogether and does not happen during a pedicure. Cuticles are softened by the foot soak and cuticle cream is applied. The cuticles are pushed gently back and toenails are cut with clippers and then gently filed. During some pedicures a foot mask may be applied and thermal "booties" may be used. Feet are placed in these for 10-15 minutes and the warmth encourages the penetration of the products. Following this you will receive a relaxing massage of the foot and lower leg area, which relieves tension and stimulates the body's energy flows. The process also helps nourish the skin, nails and cuticles. A flash of polish is applied to the toe nails to complete the treatment. Remember, drying time for nail varnish is longer on the toe nails than finger nails because of the cooler temperature of the toes. Pedicures can last from a basic 30 minutes, costing from pounds 10, to a deluxe one-and-a-half hours.

NKym Guiney can be found at Clinic 54, 122 Northumberland Street, Newcastle. Call (0191) 232 5841. For advice, write to her c/o Evening Chronicle, Features Department, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1ED, or email kym@clinic54.fsnet.co.uk
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